The strategic decision to sell the equipment unit was made to allow Brewer Science to shift more focus to the development of materials and processes for the microelectronics and semiconductor industry.
“Selling the equipment unit is part of the company’s long-term plan to concentrate its expertise in materials science and advanced manufacturing technologies,” said Kim Arnold, executive director, Advanced Packaging Business Unit. In addition to industry-enabling lithography products, protective coatings, and wafer-level packaging materials, Brewer Science is making advancements in sensors and flexible hybrid manufacturing.
The Cee equipment product line was founded in 1987 when Dr. Terry Brewer recognized the need for high-performance laboratory-scale wafer processing tools. At the time, commercially available tools were inadequate to meet the needs of cutting-edge materials and process development.
Since then, the Cee product line has developed a reputation for high-quality, high-performance wafer-processing equipment. Thousands of Cee tools are used all over the world for research, testing and small-volume manufacturing of semiconductor devices.
Pagel, a Brewer Science employee for 35 years, as well as a founding member and later director of the equipment business group, will bring the majority of Brewer Science’s Cee business unit employees with him to the new company. These employees total more than 140 years’ experience in the Cee product group. The new company will offer all the current Cee products as well as service and support.
“Customers trust us for reliable products and reliable people and the best way to protect that reputation is to demonstrate our commitment to them,” said Pagel.